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Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer is a Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist, and a blogger.Mercer first came to national attention in 1990, when he premiered his one-man show Show Me the Button, I'll Push It, or Charles Lynch Must Die at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. A pointed, satirical political commentary on Canadian life after Meech Lake, Show Me the Button made Mercer a national star as he toured the show across Canada. Mercer came to greater attention for his role in the satirical news show This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and his spinoff special Talking To Americans was the highest-rated comedy special in the history of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with 2.7 million viewers.Mercer was born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He dropped out of high school before completing his diploma requirements and was given an honourary one. He was also a part of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets when he was in his teen years.His long-time partner is television producer Gerald Lunz. Although the romantic relationship came first, Lunz is also Mercer's long-time partner in business, who discovered him, fostered his career, and is currently the executive producer of The Rick Mercer Report. Mercer neither hides nor seeks to publicise his sexuality. He regards his personal life as private, and says little about it publically.